UA Game: Bryson Echols

Bryson Echols said he felt at home in the competitive nature of the UnderArmour All-American Game practices.

"It's a once in a lifetime experience," Echols said. "You have the best athletes and best coaches from around the nation. It's a great place for me to be."

Echols said that he was excited about the increased competition, and he's had plenty of battles in the first two days, including several repetitions against future teammate Cayleb Jones.

"We've definitely been going at it," Echols said. "But after the play, we give each other a handshake and keep going. We're just competitive in-between the whistles."

Echols has such tunnel vision and focus that he conceded he didn't even know how many future Longhorns were in attendance.

"There's 10 of us here," Echols said. "I didn't know there were 10. Dang. It's pretty good. We're all hanging out when we get back to the hotel. It's pretty cool to have them all down here."

Two teammates that Echols won't be able to forget are former Dallas Skyline rivals Thomas Johnson and Peter Jinkens. Echols said the two kept busting his chops about Skyline's victory over DeSoto in the playoffs this year.

"Oh yeah they have brought it up," Echols said, laughing. "They always bring it up a little bit. 'That's why we beat y'all'. But that's all good. We're going to be on the same team next year."

Echols said he picked Texas because "everything was great" there.

"When I went down there and saw the campus and everything and talked to the coaches, it seemed like I blended in and just fit down there," Echols said. "I like the education. That's why I committed when I went down there. Hook 'em."

But that's in the future. Right now, Echols said he feels like he has something to prove.

"I want to prove that I should be ranked higher than number six," Echols said of his cornerback ranking on

What about No. 1?

"Yeah, that sounds really nice."

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